My name is Ron Carey. I was born in Limerick and I live in Dublin. I had always written poetry or verse I think you could call it then. Even as a very small boy. It impressed the hell out of my Mum and Dad. But as I grew older this eccentricity didn't quite seem macho enough for most of my rugby playing friends. As a young man I worked in Shannon Industrial Estate in Clare. Most of the time I stood in front of machines that cut and milled and drilled steel until I had eaten enough metal to spit nails. Then, I fell in love with a beautiful young woman and followed her to Dublin.
Years and years and years went by (even that does not convey the length of time - yet, conversely, a snap of the fingers does). I had missed the boat. There was no time for poetry in my life and anyway modern poetry was rubbish, wasn't it?
About six years ago, with the encouragement of my wife Cathy and my best friend and brother, Greg, I started to write again. My poems began to appear in journals and magazines. I began to get some recognition with awards and prizes. Five years ago, I received a Diploma in Creative Writing from the Open University. Then I applied and was accepted by Glamorgan University (now the University of South Wales) for a Masters in Creative Writing, which I was awarded in 2015. My first poetry collection, 'DISTANCE' was published in 2015 and nominated for The Forward Prize Best First Collection, UK and Ireland. At the moment I am working hard on my second collection.